37th Annual Circle 1000 Founders’ Celebration Brunch raises more than $1 million for Hoag Family Cancer Institute

The 37th Annual Circle 1000 Founders’ Celebration Brunch raised more than $1 million to benefit Hoag Family Cancer Institute, raising the group’s cumulative giving to more than $25 million over the last 37 years. More than 300 Circle 1000 donors and friends, along with Hoag physicians and staff, gathered on Thursday, May 30 at the Balboa Bay Resort to celebrate a legacy of generosity supporting those affected by cancer.

“The Hoag Family Cancer Institute would not be where it is today without Circle 1000’s unwavering commitment to our patients,” said Burton Eisenberg, M.D., Grace E. Hoag Executive Medical Director Endowed Chair, Hoag Family Cancer Institute.

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Circle 1000 raises well over $1 million to directly fund clinical, educational and research initiatives each year

Each year, Circle 1000 raises well over $1 million to directly fund clinical, educational and research initiatives that include:

–Recruitment of oncology physician leaders from across the country and the world.

–Cutting-edge clinical research that provides local patients with access to potentially life-saving new treatments.

–Early detection and cancer interception programs.

–An annual oncology nursing symposium that educates nurses from across the country about developments in their field.

The highlight of the brunch was an emotional conversation with cancer survivor Deb McCune, who is also Hoag Hospital Foundation’s executive director of Strategic Engagement. Alongside her Hoag oncologist, Dr. Chaitali Nangia, and her Nurse Navigator, Traci Swenson, McCune shared her journey of survival with moderator Dori Holnagel, vice president of the Hoag Family Cancer Institute.

McCune expressed heartfelt gratitude to her entire Hoag care team, who she called her “band of warriors,” as well as to Circle 1000 for the initiatives it supports. “There’s a secret sauce to any cancer patient’s journey,” Deb said. “That is you, the donors.”

The brunch also featured keynote speaker, psychologist Dan Shapiro, Ph.D., who shared his journey of surviving cancer after multiple relapses. Commending Circle 1000, Dr. Shapiro said, “What you have done…in creating this network of strong steel magnolia friends is remarkable.”

For nearly four decades, Circle 1000 funding has been instrumental to the Hoag Family Cancer Institute’s recruitment of leading physicians and its implementation of advanced initiatives. The group’s philanthropy supports early detection programs, molecular imaging and therapy, Hoag’s new Melanoma & Skin Cancer Program, its Oncology Nurse Navigator program and much more.

To learn more about Circle 1000, visit www.hoaghospitalfoundation.org/circle-1000.

To find out more about the Hoag Family Cancer Institute, go here.


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